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Comment The report from ArsTechnica (Score 2) 93

... here:

Especulates that:

  ***The custom version developed under the joint venture is essentially a custom image of Windows 10 at its core, with a set of policy settings hard-coded for government users. It's not clear if additional code is being added to the image.***

So, they changed some Registry Keys and Group Policies, and you do not have to play wack-a-mole every time an update comes...

Also, please remember that:

*** The Chinese government, like the US government, has been permitted source code review for security purposes in a secured lab at Microsoft's China Information Technology Security Certification Center in Beijing since 2003.***

So, most likely, the chinese already reviewed the telemerty and deemed it non threathening (or negotiated with microsoft to get a copy of it ;-) ).

But5 at this point, all is especulation, only time will tell...

Comment There can only be one response. Get a Rope (Score 3, Informative) 542


LOL, brilliant. This is a terribly written article, for the simple reason that it fails to identify if the studios are doing a remake, a reboot, or simply adding more stories in the same 'Wachowskverse'. Remakes are usually dimwitted rewrites of old classics, (I challenge anyone here to name a remake that was better than the original.) while adding more stories occasionally yields real gems like Aliens, Empire Strikes Back, and T2. Reboots are somewhere in between where an existing IP is rewritten and started over again, such as thee fucking mess that Sony has been making of the Spider-man franchise for the better part of twenty years now. I might be willing to watch more new stories set in the same world, but I really don't need to see a new Neo movie.

Look Hollywood, if you aren't going to try to write new stories about new IP, at least write new stories about old IP rather than remake and reboot the same old stuff over and over again. We are bored with the same story over and over again.

Comment Re:Life is sometimes a bit difficult. (Score 1) 632

I think you have some reading comprehension problems. I didn't get work because of vast prior experience, that really didn't help at all when it came to landing a job. I am not sure why you are going off about how a mechanical engineer can't get pre-professional experience and how coders are all clueless. The point was, it takes hard work to get wherever you really want to go in life.

Comment Life is sometimes a bit difficult. (Score 5, Interesting) 632

I hear this year after year about how college grads have a hard time finding jobs. When I got out of college, I was already well into my second decade of coding experience, and nobody wanted to hire me because nobody wants to hire a n00b with no professional experience. But I stuck to it and I took a few lousy jobs to build up my resume and get some experience. Years later, I make good money now as a dev, and I have no shortage of job offers. I feel like each generation goes through this, was there ever a group of kids that got instantly hired up fresh out of college without any effort?

There should be a final class that is mandatory before you graduate were they tell people that life isn't going to be handed to you on a silver platter, and that some degree of struggle is par for the course.

That being said, the next decade or so should really open things up in the job market as all the baby boomers really start dying in droves.

Comment Not available in the oficial Mozilla site (Score 1) 91

As of March 2PM Eastern time, the official Mozilla Firefox ESR site

is still offering ESR 45.8.0 and NOT esr 52.0.0

Please notice that TFA links to their own download site and NOT Mozilla's


As per the NPAPI support:

NPAPI support is there in the code, since the NPAPI Flash plug-in still works. Is only that Mozilla's developers decided to disable it for all other plugins.
Plugins that do not use NPAPI are failing because Firefox is slowly rolling out multiplrocess (project electrolysis) and this interferes with Plugins.
As for Ad-ons (which are different beasts than plugins), the problem is both project Electrolysis AND the fact that Mozilla is migrating from their plug-in APIs of yore, to an API similar (but no completely equal to) chrome's, for security and performance reasons.

The path of least resistance, at least for now, is to install ESR 52, disable multiprocess and hang on to it until around june next year. Also, bear in mind that, on older hardware, Multiprocess (think core processos before the i series, specialy 2 cores non multithreaded machines) is actually SLOWER than the singlethreaded firefox way. This is specially important for Plugins used to handle pro grade equipment (servers, networking gear, etc)

The harder, but more efective long term path is to upgrade/substitute problematic Plug-Ins and AdOns and embrace the more secure multiprocessing future head on. Or change browser...

Me, I have been on the ESR channel since it was enabled, so you now my answer... ;-) :-P

Comment OFFLINE Storage, with FS Access (Score 5, Informative) 475

That a job for Linear Tape FileSystem

Tape is (still) the best medium for Long Term Storge. Over the years tape (or more likely, the engineers) has agresively incorporated in the standards things like FEC codes (from reed-solomon to more exotic ones nowadays).

And since 2010, with LTFS, you can aceess the files with the convenience of a normal filesystem (but bear in mind, access is slow as hell).

Back up your data to tape (more than one set), and send it to specialized offline storage facilities (cimate controlled: ie. temperature/humidity/dust/light control) from different providers, in diferente geographical areas.

Since now there is only one true-tape standard (LTO-7 released in 2015, the tape business has been shrinking, so the proliferation os standards seems to be over now), so, if you use that today, chances are you will still find equipment to read it 50 years from now. Nonetheless, keep a few (as in two or more) SYSTEMS (Computer+Drive+SW) set up so that you can re-read. A cheapo micro formfactor mobo with an Atom Pocessor (but NOT the Atom C2000series PLEASE), linux, a 1Gbps nic and a tape drive should be more than enough. ....

Now, for Online, as other posters have said, ZFS WITH ECC memory (and therefore, a very expensive Xeon, or AMD server type mobo) and JBOD will do the trick.

Comment Money != Smart (Score 2) 231

Yep. That guy. He is an idiot, and every time I see him open his mouth, my opinion falls further. He knows business, and has got some pretty cool electric cars made, but he keeps saying bat shit crazy things about tech fields that I don't see him as technically qualified to discuss authoritatively. I would love it to have some brilliant Tony Stark style billionaires running around in the world, but having a lot of financial success doesn't meant that you are good at solving any problem other than making a lot of money.

BWT, signing checks for AI research does not equate to being a Fuzzy Zadeh, John Holland, etc.

Comment Sort of confused at what you are shooting for... (Score 1) 231

So, you have gone back and confirmed that I have consistently said that AI is a tough field, and that we are a lot farther out from generalized AIs than CEOs would have you believe. Check.

Then you pull in a quote from a conversation with a ms game dev. I am not quite sure what point you were hoping to illustrate with that. The point I was making was that game devs of the time weren't even trying to build a intelligent, learning system that would adapt to player behavior or environmental changes, but they simply took the lazy/easy path of just peeking at player input and using asymmetrical information to appear to be smarter than they actually were. I was appalled at the intellectual laziness of the dev, because they hadn't even attempted to experiment with more nuanced approaches but simply waved them off because it was simpler to just let the AI cheat.

Now, I get that there are real world time and budget constraints, especially with game dev work. However, the attitude I encountered was akin to 'I think PI = 3, because anything more is too much work, and setting PI = 3 has worked on all the bridges I have built so far'

I am a little confused though, on how either of these points leads you to the conclusion that 'Academic Techniques' aren't adequate for real world problems. Some of the best and most exiting work in the 'real world' being done by big companies is built solidly on academic techniques. Go read about Google's machine translate work, for example. It is built on a neural net model, and is making some pretty amazing progress.

Finally, if you hope that using my own opinions about the state of AI will somehow shore up your opinion of academic AI techniques, I will be the first to claim that I am a talented amateur at best. Build your arguments on my thoughs on the topic, and you are truly building a house on sand!

CEOs and other Imbeciles < My opinions < Real Researchers who know their shit

Comment CEOs are smarter than anyone (Score 5, Insightful) 231

Well, since a CEO thinks that this will be true, it must be. I love how CEOs like this guy and Elon (idiot) Musk are predicting the future of AI development. As opposed to say, leading AI researchers that are attending conferences and writing papers on the state of the art.

My response: STFU register biscuit, and work on growing your companies valuation rather than talking about shit that people way smarter than you cannot predict. This headline might as well be, "Random unqualified person speculates on the unknown future".

Comment Tidal locking? Sign me up! (Score 1) 273

Tidal locking would be GREAT for developing life. Having a constant source of light/warmth is wonderful for a lot of types of life. Sure, there wouldn't be a photosynthetic life developing on the dark side of the planet, but could you imagine the abundance of life that might grow on the light side of the planet? Imagine a planet with a constant, never ending spring or summer. Of course the actual orbit would likely alter the temperature seasonally, but 24/7 (relatively speaking) light would be fantastic for life.

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